Xiaomi Mi Note 3 scores 90 on DxOMark, ties with HTC U11, Google Pixel

first_imgXiaomi’s latest Mi Note 3 smartphone has finally made a breakthrough for the company in mobile photography, scoring an impressive 90 on DxOMark and becoming the first Xiaomi phone to do so. The Chinese smartphone maker has achieved popularity for introducing some stellar budget to mid-range smartphones that offer impressive hardware and design. The one area its devices felt lacking was with regards to photograph, but things are now starting to look up with the Mi Note 3.Trusted image quality ratings website DxOMark has praised the Mi Note 3 for its fast and reliable autofocus, zoom ability and bokeh effect, giving an individual score of 94 for photo and 82 for video for an overall score of 90. This puts Xiaomi’s latest smartphone in the same position as the HTC U11 and Google Pixel and just short of the iPhone 8. The DxOMark top two spot continues to be ruled by the Pixel 2-series and the iPhone X, respectively.The website did scrap some points as it found images with noise and videos with poor detail, which could be due to the lack of optical image stabilisation. Nevertheless, a score of 90 is something Xiaomi will be proud of and it looks like we can only expect better things moving forward. The Mi Note 3 was launched in September bearing a dual rearcamera setup with one 12-megapixel sensor wide-angle lens and f/1.8aperture and one 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.6aperture. Up front you get a 16-megapixel sensor for selfies.Also Read: Xiaomi launches cheaper Mi Note 3 variant with 4GB of RAM, 64GB storageadvertisementThe Mi Note 3 is a dual-SIM supported smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. It is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB and 64GB of internal storage. Last month, Xiaomi introduced a 4GB memory variant as well keeping the same 64GB of storage.Additionally, the Mi Note 3 also highlights an AI Beautify feature, facial recognition and a 4-sided curved body, among other things. Connectivity features on board include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11c, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS and USB Type-C. The handset houses a 3500mAh battery, measures 152.6×73.95×7.6mm and weighs 163 grams. The phone has not been released in India and it is unlikely we’ll see the company’s highest rated smartphone camera in the country any time soon.last_img read more

Like Virat Kohli, Harmanpreet backs her instincts (Column: Just Sport)

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaRain has not helped Virat Kohlis Twenty20 team. They lost the first game of the three-match series on Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method and the second one was washed out when India had a great chance of winning chasing a modest score. It was frustrating for the players seeing the covers being taken out and immediately brought back a couple of times, revising and reducing the overs to a ridiculous mandatory minimum of five. The rain gods did not want this farce.Some six hours earlier, in another part of the world, about 16,500 km from Melbourne, the Indian women’s team not only lost a more critical T20 game, they also missed a great chance of winning World championship after bowing out to England in the semi-final at Antigua.Even as the Indian team headed for a big defeat, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur did not need a meteorologist to tell her about the impending storm, brewing up over her decision to drop the team’s most experienced player and the highest scorer in the two shortest formats of the game and her predecessor Mithali Raj, playing in her last World T20 World Championship, which has now been renamed the T20 World Cup. Harmanpreet was quick to realise the gravity of the situation and wanted to put an end to the controversy at her post-match presser. She rehearsed her lines well: “Whatever we decided, we decided for the team. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So, no regrets, I am proud of the way we’ve played.” “This is learning for us because we are a young team, sometimes you have to change the game as per the wicket,” Harmanpreet added. “The way we play – aggressive cricket – is a positive. Earlier we were a defensive team and now we are an attacking one,” the Indian skipper further expressed. Unmistakable shades of Kohli aggro, even in the choice of words. The team management apparently decided to name the playing eleven after seeing the pitch for the first semi-final between Australia and West Indies. So the tour selectors, which included the coach and national selector, decided to go into the match with the line-up that beat Australia in the pool game, calling it a “winning combination.” What the twitterati did not like is Mithali getting dropped after scoring two 50s in the tournament and in a T20, they are signs of an in-form player. No point going into the scores and wickets of players who were preferred to Mithali. It cuts both ways and one can be wiser after the event. If only Mithali was around, she could have held the innings together in a crisis time to give the bowlers something more to bowl at. Also, Harmanpreet would have had her advice in the field, like Kohli gets from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In any case, Mithali would not have been a bad choice even if she were not the part of a winning team, looking at the batting line-up. The Indian girls seemed to be doing everything that made sure they lose the match. The way they charged the bowling was truly mad and the bowlers allowed the English girls to cut, swipe and pull as if it was a club bash. Even those who had starts perished with a death wish. After such a pulsating match in the World Cup final last year, which India lost by nine runs, this was unbelievable surrender.advertisementThe last of it has not been heard yet and the blame game, which has already started, would continue on return home.Even the men had pre-match speculation about the playing eleven, but sensibly Kohli-Ravi Shastri went in with the same eleven. Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who conceded 55 runs in the first game and was not sure of getting a second chance, got one and came back strongly, confirming his tremendous potential. He still has to learn how to bowl in the slog overs. The Indians showed marked improvement, both in their bowling and fielding, particularly catching. With the ball doing a bit, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jaspirt Bumrah were at their best and the two encouraged young Khaleel to do his bit, bowling to his captain’s fielding plans. Trailing in the series, the Indians may not make any change for Sunday’s game at the spin-friendly SCG, retaining left-arm Krunal Pandya after his good showing at the MCG. From Monday onwards, it’s all Test preparation. A serious four-day practice game before the first Test at Adelaide, starting December 6, will give players like Ravichandran Ashin, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma an opportunity to test the conditions, both will have arrived after playing Ranji Trophy matches back home. The board has a way of coming up with ridiculous orders, like they told Shami not to bowl more than 15-17 overs in his Ranji match against Kerala in Kolkata. Shami defied the fiat and bowled 26 overs. That is his way of telling the board that it is for his body to decide how much it can handle. The batsmen, who were not part of the Twenty20 scheme, went to New Zealand with the India A team and played one game, in which the youngsters Prithvi Shah and Hanuma Vihari got good runs while seniors Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay couldn’t.advertisement(Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at sveturi@gmail.com)–IANSvs/kk/vmlast_img read more

Sanchez doubtful for Southampton game after injuring hamstring in training

first_imgManchester United’s Alexis Sanchez is doubtful for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Southampton after suffering a hamstring problem in training on Thursday, the club said on their website hereThe injury to the Chile forward, who was left out of the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Young Boys, “will require further investigation to confirm its severity”, the club added.Sanchez came off the bench in this month’s league games against Manchester City and Crystal Palace but last started in the victory at Juventus in the Champions League on Nov. 7.United are struggling in seventh place in the league with 21 points from 13 games ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.British media also reported on Thursday that United have exercised their option to extend goalkeeper David De Gea’s contract for another year as talks continue on a long-term deal.The Spain international’s contract was due to finish at the end of the season, which would have allowed him to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club from Jan. 1.Manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday hailed De Gea, 28, as the best keeper in the world after United clinched a place in the Champions League last 16 and said the Spaniard, whose superb save kept out the Swiss, wanted to remain at Old Trafford.”…I know he wants to stay, I know his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know the board want him to stay and they are working on that so hopefully sooner or later they reach a conclusion,” Mourinho told reporters.advertisementlast_img read more

A Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy Winner Has Passed Away

first_imgAn Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)The Ohio State community was dealt unfortunate news on Friday morning. Former Buckeye legend Howard “Hopalong” Cassady passed away at the age of 85.Cassady had an incredible career at Ohio State, winning the Heisman Trophy back in 1955. He earned the nickname “Hopalong” because of the way he would hop all over the field.In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy, Cassady was a two-time consensus All-American. Ohio State inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1977.Unlike other college greats, Cassady helped his team on both sides of the football. Not only did he spend time breaking records as an all-purpose back, he also played defensive back. Following his tenure at Ohio State, the Detroit Lions selected Cassady with the No. 3 pick in the 1956 NFL Draft. His professional career includes stints in Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia.A member from Cassady’s family announced the news of the Buckeye legend’s death.Sad Buckeye news this morning. 1955 Heisman winner Howard “Hopalong” Cassady has passed away in Tampa according to a family member. One of school’s enduring greats. pic.twitter.com/KcVraUnr9h— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) September 20, 2019Cassady passed his football legacy down to his son, Craig Cassady, who played defensive back for the Buckeyes.It’ll be interesting to see how Ohio State honors Cassady this season. Perhaps, the team will have a tribute ready for its game tomorrow against Miami (OH).Our thoughts are with the Cassady family during this time.last_img read more

IPL 2019: David Warner and Rashid Khan star as SRH crush Kings XI Punjab

first_img scorecard No data available! IPL 2019: David Warner and Rashid Khan star as SRH crush Kings XI PunjabIPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs after David Warner (81) played another match-winning role in his last game of the season. view more view less advertisementcenter_img graphs commentary Rajarshi Gupta HyderabadApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 00:25 IST David Warner scored 81 from 56 balls in his last match in the IPL this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner top-scored with 81 in his last game of the 2019 IPL as SRH beat KXIP by 45 runsRashid Khan (3 for 21) starred with the ball as SRH consolidated their position at No.4KL Rahul’s 79 went in vain as KXIP slipped to their 7th defeat in 12 matches this seasonDavid Warner signed out of the 2019 Indian Premier League on a high after his 56-ball 81 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs on Monday and consolidate their position at No.4 in the points table.David Warner hit his 8th fifty of the 2019 IPL (he also scored a hundred earlier this season vs RCB) and finished with 692 runs from 12 matches as Sunrisers Hyderabad set Kings XI Punjab a daunting 213-run target in Hyderabad. Rashid Khan and Khaeel Ahmed ensured KXIP could never find any kind of momentum in a steep chase and crashed to defeat.Chris Gayle was brilliantly caught by Manish Pandey off Khaleel Ahmed for 4 and KXIP could never really gain any kind of momentum in their chase despite a strong hand from KL Rahul.Mayank Agarwal was looking good in the middle and he made his intention clear with a huge six off Rashid Khan but he fell to the leg-spinner the very next ball. Khaleel returned for his second spell to see off Nicholas Pooran and Rashid inflicted more damage on KXIP when he removed David Miller and R Ashwin off successive deliveries.KL Rahul did wage a lone battle for KXIP and a win was not entirely impossible with him at the crease. At 79, Rahul top-edged a Khaleel delivery but Kane Williamson held on to a skier.At the end, tt was a one-sided victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad who are now hot favourites to reach the playoffs with 12 points from 12 matches. If they reach the qualifiers, they will owe a lot of their success to Jonny Bairstow and David Warner who will not be with them in the business-end of the IPL.advertisementDavid Warner had missed the 2018 IPL after the BCCI barred him and Steve Smith from participating following the ball-tampering scandal.Playing his last match of the season, David Warner was once again unstoppable. Wriddhiman Saha was even more aggressive at the other but his blitz was cut short by M Ashwin in the 7th over. Saha’s 13-ball 28, had however set the tone for an assault from Warner and Manish Pandey, who has been a different batsman after being promoted to No.3.David Warner and Manish Pandey added 82 for the 2nd wicket off 9.1 overs. When Pandey fell to R Ashwin for 36 off 25 in the 16th over, SRH were 160 for 2 and were looking at a huge total. But Warner, who was on the cusp of his 2nd hundred of the season and 5th in the IPL overall, fell to Ashwin 3 balls later for 81.David Warner’s knock was studded with 7 fours and 2 sixes.After Warner’s exit., Mohammad Nabi (20 off 10) SRH skipper Kane Williamson (14 off 7) ensured the hosts neared the 200-run mark. Both men fell in the 19th over to Mohammed Shami but SRH finished with 212 for 6 off their 20 overs.KXIP needed a Chris Gayle special to stand a chance one of the most balanced bowling attacks in the Indian Premier League. Once he fell in the 3rd over, there was little KL Rahul could have done alone without much support from the hard-hitting Nicholas Pooran and David Miller.Also Read | R Ashwin pulls out of delivery twice. Was he trying to Mankad Saha?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow KL RahulFollow SRH vs KXIPFollow Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjablast_img read more

Two key Facebook and WhatsApp executives quit

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook, busy developing more private and encrypted communication across its apps, has lost two of its top executives — Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced. Embroiled in data privacy scandals amid the unabated spread of fake news on its platform, Facebook has lately seen several high-profile exits, including Jan Koum and Brian Acton, co-founders of WhatsApp. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Cox and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post late Thursday. In a separate Facebook post, Cox said Facebook is turning a new page in its product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network. “It’s a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy. “This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through,” wrote Cox, who was one of the first 15 engineers Facebook hired 13 years back.last_img read more

Complaint filed against Gambhir for holding public meet sans permission

first_imgNEW DELHI: Police on Saturday lodged a formal complaint against Gautam Gambhir, BJP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha seat candidate, for allegedly holding a public meeting in Jangpura without prior permission from authorities, officials said.The complaint was lodged after East Delhi Returning Officer K Mahesh asked police to take action against the cricketer-turned politician for allegedly violating rules. “We have initiated action against Gautam Gambhir under sections 28/110 of the Delhi Police Act,” Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast), said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsPolice have registered a “kalandra”, which is a formal complaint lodged by police in a non-cognisable offence under the act which gives special power to the force, another officer said. Gambhir did not seek prior permission to hold a public meeting in Janpura on April 25, officials said. However, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana claimed that permission was taken for Gambhir’s event and it continued somewhat longer than the scheduled duration. Also Read – Kejriwal seeks Transport Dept’s views on odd-even exemptionThe party’s legal department will take appropriate steps in the matter, Khurana said. The Bhartiya Janta Party has pitted Gambhir against AAP’s Atishi and senior Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Gambhir is making his electoral debut from the seat and has been under attack from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over allegations that he had double entries in voters list. Reacting to the developments, AAP’s Atishi tweeted, “”First, Discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally (sic),” My question to Gautam Gambhir: When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? (sic) she said on Twitter. Gambhir landed in a controversy after AAP leader Atishi on Friday filed a complaint against the former cricketer and BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). In a petition filed on Thursday, Atishi has alleged that Gautam Gambhir had provided false information in his nomination papers. Atishi claimed that Gautam Gambhir is a registered voter in Delhi’s Karol Bagh as well as Rajinder Nagar, both of which fall under the Central Delhi parliamentary seat. The court will hear the case on May 1. Gautam Gambhir – a supporter of the BJP government’s policies – was welcomed in the party by senior leader Arun Jaitley last month. The former cricketer is one of the richest candidates in Delhi, with an annual income of over Rs 12 crore. A veteran of 58 Tests and 147 one-day internationals, Gautam Gambhir was a key member of the Indian teams that won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the One-Day International World Cup in 2011. A vocal ambassador of the party on Twitter, his social media posts with strong comments on contemporary politics and incidents had inspired talk about his diving into politics.last_img read more

Over MAD 40671 Billion Allocated for Educational Improvements in 2017

Rabat – More than MAD 40,671 billion is reportedly being dedicated to aid with the educational sector expenses. It is considered the main beneficiary of the public budget’s funds for 2017.Morocco’s Gazette recently published a selection of decrees showing the necessary funds that have been dedicated to cover the expenses of educational sector employees.Decree N. 2.16.1010 will see funds allocated from the public budget to operate the public facilities, which are valued at MAD 187.743 billion. For the Moroccan House of Representatives, the decrees specified MAD 425.108 million to cover the cost of servants and equipment. The House of Advisors will also benefit from a windfall worth MAD 251.085.MAD 656.229 million is allocated for the prime minister, MAD 4.100 billion for the Ministry of Justice and Liberties, MAD 9.253 for the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, MAD 11.71 billion for the Ministry of Health, MAD 21.024 for the Ministry of Interior, MAD 2.356 billion for the Ministry of Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, and MAD 2.935 billion for the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs. read more

UN atomic agency and Japans Fukushima prefecture to cooperate on nuclear safety

The Memorandum of Cooperation – signed on the sidelines of the three-day Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, held in the city of Koriyama, Japan – will help promote cooperation between the IAEA and local bodies for radiation monitoring and remediation as well as human health issues in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident which afflicted the region over one year ago.In a statement marking the agreement, the UN nuclear watchdog’s Director-General, Yukiya Amano, acknowledged the importance of the IAEA’s role in alleviating the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.“The IAEA has expertise in the areas of remediation and decontamination, as well as environmental monitoring and human heath,” Mr. Amano said. “It is our hope that we will support Fukushima and at the same time serve as a bridge connecting the Prefecture and the world.”In March 2011, Japan was struck by an earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people in the eastern part of the country. In addition to causing widespread destruction, the tsunami also slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, located in Fukushima, disabling cooling systems and leading to fuel meltdowns in three of the six units.The accident, which was reported to be the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, shook the nuclear industry, regulators and governments; and weaknesses in the design and various oversights in the power station were later identified, which could have diminished the damage. Since then, the Japanese Government has significantly increased its efforts to improve its early warning systems and nuclear safety measures.According to the Memorandum, an IAEA Response and Assistance Network Capacity Building Centre will be designated, with IAEA radiation monitoring equipment to be deployed in case of need, and to provide training in emergency preparedness and response in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. “I’m very much encouraged by the conclusion of this Memorandum and I believe this will serve to promote reconstruction in Fukushima,” said the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Yuhei Soto, who was also present at the signing, according to an IAEA news release. “We will also be able to disseminate to the rest of the world the knowledge and experience to be gained from the activities that we are conducting, and we hope this will be a symbol of Fukushima,” he added. read more

Millionaire funds 10000 Union flags for Last Night of the Proms to

first_imgThe Last Night traditionally has a party atmosphere Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. First came a campaign to flood the Last Night of the Proms with the EU flag. Then, the backlash.Now, it appears Brittania may indeed rule at the Royal Albert Hall, as a millionaire businessman said he would hand out 10,000 Union Flags to concert-goers.Arron Banks, who led the Leave.EU campaign ahead of the referendum, has paid £5,000 for the flags, which he hopes will be waved by patriotic Prommers at the event watched by millions around the world.Last night he and his aides contacted the one million supporters on Leave.EU’s database to urge them to help hand out the flags, launching the Save Our Proms campaign. The Royal Albert Hall is usually decked out in flags for the Last Night Arron Banks, millionaire backer of Save Our Proms Volunteers from each side will now meet outside the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, with the concert hall likely to see more flags than ever, even for the traditionally colourful Last Night.A spokesman for the EU campaign insisted they were not planning to “hijack” the evening for the Remain cause, saying flags would simply be “handed out with a smile” alongside information leaflets about the benefits of the EU for musicians.Judith Palmer, one of the EU flag campaign’s organisers, said it was not intended to make a political point about Brexit but to make musicians from Europe feel welcomed in Britain.“The project isn’t about overturning a vote, it’s about celebrating our identity and making musicians feel welcome,” she said. “Given the tensions there have been since the referendum, we want to show we are not an insular country. He said: “It is a British event and nothing to do with the EU – this is a pathetic attempt by the desperate ‘Remoaners’ to hijack a celebration of Britain.“I will be handing out union flags personally. I don’t know what they are trying to prove – we won! Brexit happened and nothing the IN side will do will change that.”A message on the “Save Our Proms” campaign website, launched last night, said: “The Last Night of the Proms has been a bastion of British culture and identity for decades.“Seeing activists try and hijack it to campaign for the EU reeks of desperation. They need to accept the result and move on.”center_img It comes days after anti-Brexit campaigners launched their own campaign to hand out European flags at the Last Night, aimed at showing “solidarity with the EU” and using the event’s high profile to “send a message to the world”.The movement was yesterday backed by the Musicians’ Union, which represents more than 90 per cent of members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing on the night.In a statement, the union’s general secretary John Smith said they hoped the waving of EU flags would “demonstrate solidarity with our European neighbours and remind government of the need to consider issues affecting musicians in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”Mr Banks told The Daily Telegraph he wanted Prommers to instead “wave the union flag with pride and throw away the star spangled banner of oppression by casting aside the illegitimate EU flag.” “Every time you go to the Proms, you could be sitting next to an Italian on one side and French person on the other, listening to a violinist from a German orchestra.“We want everyone to feel they are amongst friends.”A spokesman for the BBC has said: “Flags are a traditional part of the Last Night of the Proms and audience members are not prevented from bringing them into the Hall.”The Last Night of the Proms is due to be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC One, starting at 7.15pm on Saturday.  The Last Night traditionally has a party atmosphere Arron Banks, millionaire backer of Save Our PromsCredit:Ben Birchall The Royal Albert Hall is usually decked out in flags for the Last Nightlast_img read more

Boyzone founder Mark Walton reveals turbulent relationship with ex accused of murdering

first_imgMiss Lionnet, 21, was later allegedly beaten, killed and thrown on a bonfire by her employers Kouider and Ouissem Medouni The wealthy music mogul supported her financially through the highs and lows of his successful career.  After leaving Boyzone, he found success with Fifth Avenue and more recently as a judge on Vietnam Pop Idol. The musician said they lived together for two years in Queensway, London, before she disappeared and they split up. After Mr Walton stopped paying her rent in 2014 when they split, she took out a non-molestation order claiming harassment, the court heard.She also rang his mother in Dublin, contacted his business partners and created a fake Facebook page accusing him of being a “paedophile”, he said.Mr Walton told jurors: “I was broken, emotionally broken but I loved her.”The court has heard there is no truth in any of the accusations against him. Kouider and Medouni have admitted perverting the course of justice but deny murder.The trial continues. Sabrina Kouider was described by former boyfriend Mark Walton as someone who ‘would go crazy over something trivial’ Ouissem Medouni (left), 40, and his partner Sabrina Kouider, 34, appearing at the Old Bailey in London He said Kouider had been “abusive” and “exhibited a manipulative and controlling nature” with a “calculating streak”.  He also described her as a “really gentle, sweet, loving” person who could become “quite scary” in seconds.He told jurors: “Sabrina shared some stories from her past.”I guess knowing that, I felt it brought us closer together at times, but it was turbulent, probably the most turbulent relationship I had ever been in.”She would go from softly spoken French accent then she would flip, get very angry, very loud and just not care where we were. She would just go crazy over something trivial.” The founder of boy band Boyzone has revealed in court the “turbulent relationship” he had with his ex-girlfriend who is accused of murdering her French nanny.Mark Walton, who created the Irish boy band in 1993, flew in from Los Angeles to give evidence at the Old Bailey trial of fashion designer Sabrina Kouider.The 35-year-old mother and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, are accused of murdering au pair Sophie Lionnet and throwing her body on a bonfire at their home in Wimbledon, south west London.The couple had allegedly tortured the shy 21-year-old into “confessing” to being in league with Mr Walton.However, Mr Walton said the first he knew of Miss Lionnet was when murder squad detectives contacted him in September last year.center_img Sabrina Kouider Ouissem Medouni (left), 40, and his partner Sabrina Kouider, 34, appearing at the Old Bailey in LondonCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Miss Lionnet, 21, was later allegedly beaten, killed and thrown on a bonfire by her employers Kouider and Ouissem Medouni The softly-spoken Irishman said he met Kouider in a NatWest bank in Notting Hill in 2011 and hit it off straight away.He said: “I was in love. She was my life then so…”He said he gave her thousands of pounds a month, paid for nannies and even covered £12,800 in rent after she had left him, the court heard. Yet Kouider then fired her nannies, and accused them of stealing or being attracted to her “friendly” boyfriend, it was alleged. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Greek billionaire offers snippets of financial wisdom

first_imgHe may have built a property empire worth more than $1 billion dollars, but Con Makris still remains a regular, hard-working man who doesn’t forget his origins. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, the billionaire expressed his distrust towards the share market, his disappointment in a large part of Australian youth, that he describes as “bludgers”, his agreement with Malcolm Turnbull’s views, while offering advice to prospective investors – which can be summed up in one phrase: work hard and stay away from “paper money”. The first Greek migrant to reach billionaire status in Australia, Con Makris expressed his sadness over the plight of Greek people, suffering from the ongoing financial crisis, predicting a long, painful road to recovery. “Greece is a magnificent place that needs a good, strong government,” he said, stating that focus on infrastructure and tourism is crucial for the country’s return to growth. Placed at No. 47 on the Business Review Weekly Rich 200 list, Makris – who arrived in Australia from Greece when he was 16 years old – built his wealth from very modest beginnings, running barbecue chicken shops. Early in his business career he developed a strong work ethic from which he has never deviated. He started off working seven days a week for up to 14 hours a day, expanding his business to property development and shopping centre ownership. Since his phenomenal rise in the 1980s, mostly in South Australia and Queensland, he has remained a firm believer in the fundamentals of investing in bricks and mortar in the right locations, and picking trends that will ensure the values of those commercial properties and shopping centres continue to rise.‘NOBODY LOSES ON LAND’As for his well-documented aversion to the share market, it is due to the volatile nature of shares. To him, the increasingly complex world of derivatives, hedge fund trading and short selling exacerbates the extreme fluctuations and can mean that vast amounts of share market wealth on paper can go up in smoke in a short space of time. “I never follow paper money”, he told the Australian Financial Review, adding: “Why buy shares? It’s crazy. Nobody loses on land.” An advocate of the security of bricks and mortar, Makris insists that location is still the single biggest factor that will add value over the long term, as it has been doing for the past five decades. According to him, this principle will survive even as the Australian economy continues to strive for the next couple of years. Asked to comment on the increases in interest rates, he told the AFR that there will inevitably be some fall-out among those who’ve borrowed too heavily to fund projects, but most business people and property owners enter transactions with long-term horizons. “The whole world is working on the basis that there won’t be inflation but things can change quickly,” he said.The richest man in South Australia also expressed his support for Malcolm Turnbull, who “is a businessman and he understands what needs to happen to get things moving”. The prime minister’s call for innovation is seen by the billionaire as a move towards building an entrepreneurial culture in Australia. However any effort to rebuild confidence after the decline of the mining industry is bound to meet a very specific obstacle: young Australians, who have lost their work ethic, nurtured by the state to being used to a “hand-out mentality”. “The country has been breeding bludgers,” he says bluntly. “Too many people are looking for a lifestyle. They want to go to Byron Bay and those sort of places and sit in the sun all day.”INVESTING IN NORTH ADELAIDEDespite being South Australia’s richest man, Makris won’t rest on his laurels. He is about to start work on a $200 million development which will include a 160-room Sheraton hotel along with residential apartments, retail space and offices. It’s all located on a prominent site in affluent North Adelaide which has been vacant since 1989. The billionaire believes that the suburb’s time has finally arrived and describes North Adelaide as the equivalent of Toorak in Melbourne, and similar to Woollahra in Sydney. It is a suburb just one kilometre from the central business district, but the catalyst for the development has been the $535 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, which now hosts Australian Football League matches for the first time since 1974, and was the location for the first day/night cricket test with the infamous pink ball in late November when Australia played New Zealand.The oval is within walking distance of the new $200 million Sheraton development, with regular AFL crowds of 50,000 spilling into the nearby suburbs and the CBD, where dozens of new small bars have opened up as the state government relaxed liquor licensing laws. Makris is a firm supporter of such pro-business measures and points out a policy applied by South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis. He brought forward the first tranche of stamp duty cuts on commercial properties in early December, 2015 with immediate effect, switching from an original plan where those stamp duties would be shaved by one-third in mid-2016, with the next third sliced in mid-2017 followed by full abolishment in mid-2018. “I think it’s a very smart move,” Makris told the AFR.Source: Fairfax Media Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LinkedIn le FBI enquête sur le piratage du réseau social

first_imgLinkedIn : le FBI enquête sur le piratage du réseau socialSuite au vol de quelque 6,5 millions de mots de passe chiffrés sur son serveur, le réseau social professionnel LindedIn se voit apporter l’aide du FBI, qui vient d’ouvrir une enquête. Le site a lui-même révélé cette information, au sujet de laquelle le service fédéral américain se refuse toutefois à tout commentaire.A l’instar du site de rencontre eHarmony, le réseau social professionnel LinkedIn a été victime d’un vaste piratage. Quelque 6,5 millions de passe ont été dérobés et circulent aujourd’hui sur Internet. Une affaire prise très au sérieux par le FBI, avec lequel LinkedIn a annoncé avoir entamé une collaboration.Si le service fédéral américain refuse d’évoquer cette enquête, un porte-parole du réseau social, cité par Reuters, affirme qu’aucun des millions de compte concernés par ce vol n’a pour l’heure été détourné, à sa connaissance du moins. L’enquête vient d’être lancée, et pour le moment, a précisé le porte-parole, on ignore si les adresses des boîtes mails liées aux mots de passe dérobés ont elles aussi été volées. Mais LinkedIn tente de rassurer ses utilisateurs – ils sont 161 millions à travers le monde – et s’est engagé à désactiver tous les mots de passe victimes de ce piratage. Les internautes sont alors invités à les changer en suivant une procédure qui leur a été envoyée par mail par le réseau social. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Vivement critiqué quant à sa sécurité suite à ce vol massif – certains experts dénoncent des lacunes en matière de protection des données des membres de LinkedIn – le porte-parole de la société a promis que de nouvelles mesures avaient d’ores et déjà été prises pour y remédier. “La sécurité des données de nos membres est pour nous de la plus haute valeur” a-t-il assuré. L’enquête conjointement menée par LinkedIn et le FBI devrait en plus de déterminer l’ampleur exacte du piratage, permettre de savoir s’il est ou non lié à celui du site eHarmony, qui s’est vu voler 1,5 million de codes d’accès, comme à celui de Last.fm, également victime de la fuite de milliers de mots de passe. Pour l’heure, aucune preuve ne vient étayer l’hypothèse fort probable selon laquelle ces attaques puissent être le fait d’un seul et même pirate, ou groupe de hackers.Le 8 juin 2012 à 17:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dwell Media Sells Flagship Event to Informa

first_img Dwell on Design, which attracts 30,000 attendees and orbits around a 300,000 square foot show floor, launched in 2006 in Los Angeles. Dwell Media introduced a second event in New York last fall, but the Informa deal reveals the company’s primary strategy for the brand—international expansion. Events have been a reliable and growing revenue platform for publishers, which has also made them an attractive target for buyers. Exact terms of the deal were not immediately known, but Dwell is characterizing it as a “multi-million dollar” sale.   Rick McConnell, who formerly led the exhibition division at Hanley Wood, is now the president of the Informa U.S. group. This also marks at least the third time Informa has convinced a U.S. media company to part with a key event portfolio—a few months before it bought the Hanley Wood events, Informa bought Virgo Publishing to establish an event position in the U.S. “It has long been the plan for Dwell on Design to include international arms of what is truly America’s largest design event,” said Dwell President and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams. “Paramount to achieving that level of growth was finding the right partner. I am confident that we have done just that with Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, and that Rick McConnell and his team will make Dwell on Design the largest must-see design event worldwide.”center_img Why Dwell went as far as selling the event to accomplish that was not exactly clear. Informa rebranded the Hanley Wood group of events, which target the real estate, design and construction markets, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, and it’s under that grouping that Dwell on Design will be located. U.K.-based information and events company Informa has been making an aggressive push into the U.S. trade show market. Late last year, it purchased Hanley Wood’s exhibition business for $375 million. Today, the company announced it bought design event Dwell on Design from Dwell Media. Under terms of the deal, the content portion of the event will continue to be handled by Dwell Media, with executive vice president of content Amanda Dameron heading up the editorial team.last_img read more

Mancherial Naspur voters list released

first_imgMancherial: Following the orders of election authorities, Naspur Municipal Special Officer K Shyamala Devi, Municipal Commissioner Radhakishan and Manager Sripathi Bapu Rao released the voters list of first to 25 municipal wards in Naspur Municipality here on Wednesday.Municipal RO Satish Reddy, Junior Assistant Baddam Pradeep Kumar, Bill Collector Lingaiah, Peddinti Mohan Rao, Peddapalli Gopal Rao,Sripathi Suresh and municipal staff were present.last_img

Deputy CM Alla Nani assures pension for aged artistes

first_imgEluru: Aged artistes have not been getting pension for seven months now. Their life has become miserable because of financial problems. They revealed their tale of woes to Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani at the latter’s camp office here on Thursday. They complained that the previous TDP government did not care for them. They used to receive pension once in every four months. Before elections, they were left in the lurch. For seven months, they were not getting pensions, they complained. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Responding to their plight, Nani assured them to find out reason for stoppage of pensions to them by enquiring the matter with officials of cultural affairs. He promised to ensure that the pensions released by the government at the earliest. Aged Artistes Welfare Association leaders D Ramarao, M Venkateswara Rao and others were among others who met the Dy CM.last_img read more

Erstwhile Khammam district receives heavy rainfall

first_imgKhammam/Kothagudem: Erstwhile Khammam district witnessed heavy rainfall since Thursday. The water level in the river Godavari reached 40 feet at Bhadrachalam on Friday evening. The Central Water Commission forecast that water level may reach second warning level by night. The District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini alerted villagers on the banks of the river and directed the officials to evacuate the people in the affected villages to relief camps. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Due to heavy rainfall, Kinnerasani project and majority of irrigation tanks in Kothagudem received huge inflows on Friday. The coal production was affected in SCCL’s Open Cast (OC) mines at Kothagudem, Yellandu, Manuguru and Sathupalli. Bhadrachalam, Mulkalpalli, Cherla, Pinapaka and Burgampahad received above 100 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours and it caused many streams and rivulets to overflow. Many villages in Cherla and Gundala mandals were cut off from other areas. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us The Irrigation officials lifted 23 gates of Taliperu project and released nearly 1.69 lakh cusecs water into the river Godavari. Pedavagu project in Aswaraopet mandal also received huge inflows following heavy rains. In Khammam district Sathupalli mandal received 111.2 mm rainfall, while other mandals also witnessed heavy rainfall, six of them heavy rains and 10 mandals moderate rainfall for the past 24 hours. Water level in Wyra reservoir reached 11.6 feet. Khammam District Collector R V Karnan visited Vemsoor mandal and inspected the crops. With the widespread rains in erstwhile Khammam, agriculture fields were inundated by rain waters at several places.last_img read more

Fitness enthusiast Vasu Mittal opens up on use of steroids in bodybuilding

first_imgVasu MittalPR HandoutSocial media Influencer and entrepreneur, Vasu Mittal- CEO & Founder of VM Nutrition, has been into the fitness industry for a quite long time now. He has tansformed more than 1000 people and is the youngest most featured Indian on International pages.Talking about his fitness journey, Vasu says, “It all started in summer 2011 when my father asked me to do a few push-ups in my room and I remember I failed terribly. I literally couldn’t do one. However, the drive and my willingness to improve kept making me try everyday. I really wanted a change but everything was very challenging since I was a 90 pound skinny guy who had no strength whatsoever. Initially when I started training, everyone told me I was wasting my time — ‘as if you’re gonna get big’. To be honest, my goal was never to look muscular or even stand out as that was something that I thought I could never achieve. I just wanted to look normal, as I was often been told ‘you have to eat, you have nothing in your body’.””Regardless of that situation I had perseverance and willpower to do things. I kept on trying and I kept on getting better. I fell in love with it and my passion grew crazy. Later, my father got me a pair of dumbbells to do even more and then a gym membership since I was really keen to continue this as my lifestyle. It has been 8 years now and honestly it’s incredible to watch this journey unfold in front of my eyes,” adds Mittal.Ask him about the use of steroids in body building, he says, “Steroids are a part of professional bodybuilding and we can’t deny it. You need to go down that road if you really wish to compete and appear that level of lean and freaky. What saddens me is the casual use at the gyms with absolute no knowledge of anything. Local trainers brainwashing teenagers that you have to have this instead of teaching them right nutrition, training, and principles. Just for the sake of few bucks, they are deteriorating health and playing with lives. I know in today’s world everybody wants everything instant but you gonna be smart enough to understand that it’s not possible through right means. If something’s going up too fast, it surely is gonna hit ground too soon. People need to understand that steroids are serious and you cannot just take them and say ‘oh I know how to wash out’, that’s bullshit. I always say direction is much more important than speed and many are going nowhere. Achieving an aesthetically pleasing physique is absolutely possible naturally if you work hard and be patient.”last_img read more

Angry Birds in real life complete with exploding pigs

first_imgThere has been a lot of Angry Birds news recently with the Beach Volley update to Angry Birds Rio, and the exciting news of Angry Birds coming to the Web via Google Chrome (complete with all levels unlock) to show off just how fast the browser really is. There was also a nice cover created recently of the catchy Angry Birds Theme done hipster-style, but perhaps even better than that is the live band that plays the theme song during a real-life Angry Birds game.Rovio built a life-sized version of Angry Birds, which it constructed at the Plaça Nova de Terrassa in Terrassa, Spain. Built to promote Deutsche Telekom AG, a German telecommunications company, the real-life Angry Birds level is complete with Papier-mâché pigs that literally explode when hit by a bird. There was obviously some major production that went into creating this. The Angry Birds set looks to be at least three stories high. It’s so large that a man literally has to sit  in a crane to play as he blows up the pigs, which explode all over the square in tiny pieces.AdChoices广告There are sure to be Angry Bird addicts out there who have dreamed of exploding green pigs in real life. Though the construction was built just for this ad, it would be interesting if Rovio could take it on tour around the world. True, the company doesn’t need to promote the game any more than it already has. It is the No. 1 paid iPhone app in dozens of countries, including the U.S, afterall. Still, I’m sure people would flock from all over to see Angry Birds in action.Although the scale of this game puts it out of reach as a weekend project, you could always create a smaller version that doubles as a cake.via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

Trade War Heats Up Again As China Sets Tariffs

first_img Greg Baker Trade War Heats Up Again As China Sets Tariffs On $75… by NPR News Avie Schneider 8.23.19 11:26am Updated at 11:19 a.m. ETChina says it will slap tariffs on autos, auto parts and thousands of other U.S. goods worth a total of $75 billion. President Trump promised to respond. Friday’s announcement by China marks an escalation in a trade war that has rippled through the world economy and raised fears of a U.S. recession.The first batch of tariffs will go into effect Sept. 1, and a second, on autos and auto parts, is due to go into effect Dec. 15. The tariffs range from 5% to 25%.President Trump tweeted that he “will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon.” “My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Trump said, referring to the Federal Reserve Chairman, whom he’s been urging to cut interest rates, and China’s leader.Trump said the United States has lost “stupidly” trillions of dollars to China over the years, citing the theft intellectual property. “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them,” he said.Trump said U.S. firms doing business with China should look elsewhere.”Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA,” he said. China’s finance ministry called the new tariffs “a forced move to deal with U.S. unilateralism and trade protectionism.” U.S. stock markets fell sharply after Trump’s tweets on China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened down about 300 points, or 1% in late morning trading.Earlier this month, the Trump administration postponed until Dec. 15 new 10% tariffs on some imports from China that were due to take effect Sept. 1. They were part of a new set of tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods that triggered a sharp selloff in the U.S. stock market. President Trump said the delay was intended to ease the effect on U.S. consumers during the holiday shopping season.Last September, China set tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. duties.The $75 billion in goods affected by China’s latest tariffs would represent more than 60% of the $120.3 billion worth of U.S. goods exported to China last year.U.S. and Chinese negotiators are due to meet in September for a new round of trade talks but have not yet confirmed a date.NPR’s Emily Feng contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more